“We are equally concerned for the affected communities in Chile from the recent earthquake, terrorist attacks in Kenya, and the backlash from the international community in Uganda from their new legislation.” — statement from the Global Anglican Future Conference, released Saturday (April 26)
That new Ugandan legislation is Orwellian in the worst sense of the term, as it “requires citizens to report to the police anyone suspected of being gay,” in the words of the Religion News Service.
So, to follow the Jesus who said, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more,” one must rat out “suspected” gays who, if convicted, could face “life in prison,” the RNS says.
But the Global Anglican Future Conference equates the backlash against this horrible law with earthquakes and terrorism.
There’s your Bible-believing community, Uganda-style — or is that Soviet style? Or Big Brother style?
No, no, no — of course not. Jesus said, “I did not fulfill the law. Go and find sinners, and punish them. And if your sin isn’t opposed by national legislation, throw the first stone.” He said that, somewhere, Ugandan politicians and conservative Anglicans are sure of it. Tyranny without end, Amen.
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Amazing photo essay:
via The Mzungu Diaries
Rev. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, the former Anglican Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda, was speaking Monday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Nkoyoyo is in the United States to raise money for Chain Foundation Uganda, which helps visually-impaired children and other vulnerable kids.
Ugandans often believe blind children to be under a curse, but the largest cause of blindness in Uganda is measels, Nkoyoyo said.
Blind children need to learn skills that can help them earn money, Nkoyoyo said. They can learn skills like playing musical instruments or massage therapy, he said. A Chain Foundation Uganda brochure says that many blind children become beggars “due to lack of relevant training.”
Nkoyoyo also talked about sharing the Christian faith with Muslims and other groups within Uganda. He said the Anglican ministers often work with Pentecostal ministers. “The [Ugandan] church is growing because the Christians are involved in the work of evangelism,” Nkoyoyo said.
He later added, “We need to learn to speak one language as Christians.” He said some Christians have become confused by thinking that there are many ways to God, a statement that hinted at theological and doctrinal differences between the more-traditional African Anglicanism and the progressive Anglicanism within Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
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